Media Presence

Being willing to speak out means I get requests from all sorts of media to tell my story.  Mostly its to flesh out their own story, so whilst its great to get the exposure, and to be promoting better prevention measures, seldom is the full story told in all of its complexity.  When reviewing the material below, please take this into account.  For more on why I speak out see my blog on this.

Meet-up Group

Herald Sun Article Photo
Photo by David Smith

On the first of January 2015 I set up a Meet-up group called Melbourne Dating Scam Survivors. Within one week I had 24 people joined as members, to attend meetings I had set up to provide and open forum for sharing and mutual support.  These meetings are ongoing.

I have advised both Lifeline and Beyond Blue that these groups are underway, and referrals can be made.

Ambassador for Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)

ACORN is a Nationwide policing initiative, focusing on Cybercrime.  As a result of her willingness to speak out Jan has been selected to be an Ambassador, and in this role, has participated in an Article published in the Herald Sun newspaper in Victoria.

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Latest Media

May 2017

15/5/2017 The Daily Telegraph “Facebook the main stalking ground for scammers looking for lonely hearts”
15/5/2017 ABC News ‘the world today’ coverage of release of ACCC Scam report 2017

ABC Radio Broadcast by Katherine GregoryOnline dating causing most financial heartache according to ACCC

February 2017

2/2/2017 Valentine’s Day Warnings for Consumer Affairs Victoria (one interview with Minister)

See related Blog

November 2016

1/11/2016 Women’s Weekly article, December 2016 edition

Pages 92 to 95 of the December 2016 edition (available during November) of the The Australian Women’s Weekly (Lisa Wilkins on the cover).  I am reference through the second half of the article.

October 2016

08/10/2016 7:30 Report: -Woman tricked into laundering money ‘ignored’ when she reported it

TV Report by journalist Pat McGrath on a person who was duped by a job advertisement, with comment from me on how ACORN does not seem to be doing anything.

06/10/2016 WYZA e-Zine

Online article How I survived and online dating scam, by Mahsa Fratantoni in their WYZA Life section.

 February 2016

12/02/2016 Channel 7 News story

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My story quoted as part of this Channel 7 News story which includes warnings, and comment on latest statistics from the ACCC, as part of my work as Ambassador for the ACORN.

12/02/2016 Sydney Morning HeralD article :VALENTINE’S DAY WARNING

VALENTINE’S DAY WARNING: AUSTRALIANS LOST NEARLY $23 MILLION TO DATING SCAMS IN 2015, SAYS ACCC, by Esther Han

My story quoted as part of this SMH article which includes warnings, and comment on latest statistics from the ACCC, and Scamwatch video as part of my work as Ambassador for the ACORN.

FEB 2016 NICHOLAS J. JOHNSON SCAMAPALOOZA PODCAST

Episode 25 – ROMANCE SCAM SURVIVOR with Jan Marshall

“Jan Marshall is an extraordinary woman…” a 54 minute interview  by Nick Johnson with me about the scam and its impact on my life, including run-ins with the ATO.

 October 2015

12/10/2015 Huffington Post Australia

Dating Scams Have Cost Australians More Than $14.8 Million This Year, By   

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/10/13/dating-scams-australia_n_8278148.html?utm_hp_ref=australia

September 2015

16/09/2015 GEELONG ADVERTISER Article

Online dating scammers strip six Geelong victims of almost $1m by DANNY LANNEN

My experience and photo is included. Read more: http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/online-dating-scammers-strip-six-geelong-victims-of-almost-1m/comments-fnjuhovy-1227528744511

Also published comment, see Comment 11.

August 2015

31/08/15 DAILY MAIL RESPONSE TO STARTS AT SIXTY BLOG POST

‘Old women who go on about love and sex creep me out’: Online trolls target love scam victim who lost $350,000 life savings, telling her she is stupid and deserves no sympathy, by Frank Coletta

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3216516/Trolls-target-love-scam-victim-lost-350-000-life-savings.html#ixzz3kT5pMLyZ

22/08/15 STARTS AT SIXTY BLOG ARTICLE

Is it a scam? An over-60 woman’s real life experience… as a guest contributor.

11/08/15 RMIT STUDENT INTERVIEW on SCAM SUPPORT

Interview by RMIT Post Grad Journalism student Sean O’Malley posted on SoundCloud – “Dating scam survivor rallies support for Melbourne”

July 2015

30/07/15 Take 5 Magazine

Take 5 Article Please tell me you are real, Eamon. Double page spread on my story. Pge 28/29.

07/07/15 Channel 9’s Morning PROGRAM

Interview on Channel 9’s Morning program.  Here’s the Video

On Facebook  and comments against a black and white diagram further down the page.

04/07/15 Herald Sun Expose

In Saturday Herald Sun July 4 2015 by SARAH MARINOS

‘I was scammed by an online love rat too,’ survivors of internet fraud speak out

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Photo by Andrew Tauber

An in-depth expose quoting a number of people including Casey Donovan and various romance scams, as well as tips on how to identify scams and how to protect yourself.

 

May 2015

International Fraud Awareness Week 

International Fraud Awareness Week, May 18 to 24 2015, saw the publication of the latest statistics on Fraud by the ACCC, and the fraud type with the most money lost was romance scams. As a result I was contacted for interviews:

18/05/2015 The Age

The Age, May 18, Marc Moncrief, Victorians giving more money to scam artists, according to assessment

19/05/2015 The Daily Mail Australia

The Daily Mail Australia, May 19,  Frank Coletta, Lonely heart, 61, gave her $350,000 life savings to a man she met on dating site Plenty Of Fish – only to find out her urbane Englishman ‘Eamon Donegal Dubhlainn’ was a Nigerian fraudster.   (NB: $350k is cited in this article as it includes addition tax money to be paid to the ATO as a result of taking money to loan to the fraudster from my Self Managed Super Fund). 

This article was picked up by a Isaac Duchen of the Nigerian website, Pulse Australian woman recounts how she Nigerian fraudtser duped her of N69m.

February 2015

11/02/2015 Prevention Campaign Valentine’s Day 2015

I have been invited to be part of a prevention campaign being run by Consumer Affairs Victoria, filming done 29 January, for a campaign leading up to Valentine’s Day 2015. See the online My Story here.

11/02/2015 News Media on Channel 9 News

Coverage of the campaign for Consumer Affairs Victoria was in the News Media on Channel 9 News on Thursday 12 February (not provided online).

January 2015

06/01/2015 ABC Local Radio, 774 Melbourne

The topic was picked up by the ABC Local Radio who interviewed me and produced an online article about setting up of the support group.  This article was then posted on their Facebook site.

They also asked me onto a 1 hour radio panel that evening with George McEncroe, broadcast nationally.

22/01/2015 A Current Affair, Channel 9 January 2015

As a result of the ABC Article I was contact to do an expose for A Current Affair.  This was aired on 22 January 2015, and further posted on their Facebook page.